The Vancouver Canucks’ protected list is, on the surface, seemingly easy to protect. However, GM Jim Benning could go off the board and protect one or two role players over a more skilled guy.
Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Loui Eriksson all have no-movement clauses. Eriksson was disappointing in his first season in Vancouver, however there is zero chance he is asked to waive.
Brandon Sutter, a key cog in Vancouver’s center core, also requires protection. That is not an issue either.
The rest of Vancouver’s forward slots can be filled up by younger players.
Bo Horvat is a guarantee. For the last two spots, Markus Granlund and Sven Baertschi are good guesses.
On defense, Chris Tanev is the only sure-fire pick to be protected.
The Canucks, though, do not have many other quality defensemen that could be selected by Vegas. Therefore, protecting Alex Edler and Erik Gudbranson is not an issue.
In net, Jacob Markstrom will be protected as Ryan Miller is an unrestricted free agent.
In total, Vancouver’s protection list is likely this:
Forwards: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat, Markus Granlund, Sven Baertschi
Defense: Chris Tanev, Alex Edler, Erik Gudbranson
Goalie: Jacob Markstrom
For players that could be taken by Vegas, fringe-NHL guys such as Reid Boucher, Brendan Gaunce, Andrew Pedan, and Michael Chaput are options.
There is also a chance that Chris Tanev is traded this offseason. But, it remains likely that the trade happens (if it happens at all) after the expansion draft.
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